Any person under the age of 18 is regarded as a juvenile under Virginia law. Those facing student charges may be concerned about the consequences, and understanding the juvenile justice system might help. This is a system that has a separate set of procedures and laws that govern the treatment of juveniles who have made some missteps.
Many people enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages, whether in a social situation or as a way to relax at the end of the day. However, getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol could lead to a DWI charge. One Virginia man is now facing this charge in addition to several other charges after his alleged involvement in a fatal car accident.
Being charged with a crime can have a lasting effect. Once you’re in the criminal justice system, you have a mark on your record that is likely to follow you forever. For juveniles, a criminal record can be especially harmful.
A lot of the information we get about crime and the criminal justice system comes from television shows. Teenagers may get a sense of what may happen if they are faced with criminal charges and may feel they understand how the criminal system works.
For many teens, passing their driver's test and getting their driver's license is a rite of passage into adulthood. For teens, this is an exciting time because they are able to go where they want, when they want, with few limitations. For parents, this time may be filled with worry and concern, mostly for the safety of their children but also because teens aren't always aware of the severity of the law or the steep consequences they could face if they break it.
Regardless of where you stand on party lines, you've likely been paying attention to the top political issues recently and are starting to form your own opinion about which ones you'd like to see spearhead the new president's first term. For some, the economy is their focus. For others, family. For a lot of our readers, the top issue is likely the reform of mandatory minimum sentences.
In 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States permanently altered the legal landscape with its decision in Alabama v. Miller. Here, in a 5-4 decision, the justices effectively barred the practice of judges handing down automatic life sentences with no possibility of parole for juvenile offenders charged with murder.
Most teens see driving as a right of passage here in Virginia. But the state doesn't see driving as a right, it sees it as a privilege. Because it's considered a privilege, law enforcement can hinder a young person's ability to drive if they violate the law. Unfortunately, this is a hard lesson to learn, especially because most young people do not have enough life experience to help them avoid making these mistakes in the first place.
Most high school graduates remember at least a few kids who seemed to be able to break the law without getting caught. When it came to alcohol, some of our peers always seemed to have access. Maybe they had parents who didn’t believe in age-based prohibitions against alcohol. Maybe they had an older sibling who was willing to act as a buyer once they reached 21.
Young people are known for many things. While many of those things are positive, their impulsivity can at times get them in trouble. The failure to thoroughly think things through could lead them to find they are facing serious consequences. Sometimes those consequences might be criminal. Two teens were recently charged with felonies in connection with electronic threats they each made against schools.